Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mercy’s Files

CoverWoohoo! The books are shipping out fast! Yes! My very first in-print book, The Heart Seekers Series, is now available from Amazon. If you haven’t gotten to visit, you can find Mara’s journals that travel across the first story (A Dozen Apologies) and Brent’s emails to his sister that wade through his second story (The Love Boat Bachelor).

After Brent found his happily-ever-after, one of the gals he didn’t choose returns to real life and gets a completely unexpected turn. Not only did her time with Brent spark interest in a chance of her own romance, her father, recovering from his stroke, requests her help in a task for which she feels completely ill-prepared. This could be her most Unlikely Merger.

I have to tell you, Mercy is a trooper! Alligators, angry men, olives, ice storms, and elevators: you must check in on her! She attempts to step into her dad’s shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do.

If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

This particular story is extra special to me because Mercy was my character in The Love Boat Bachelor and I got to create the concept for this story. I loved the way the authors all grabbed hold of the plot idea and flew with it!

These are the posts from the crack team of investigators here at Faith Driven Fiction. Specifically designed to coordinate with each chapter of the story. Think of them as a paparazzi commentary.

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Directions? – A devotional inspired by Unlikely Merger.

Chapter 1: New Job, New Direction
Mercy is overwhelmed at a new wrinkle to her job. And a strange way of making decisions.

ch2aChapter 2: Human Icicle – Mercy attempts to travel to a barbecue place in Austin, Texas, but icy weather and a cute co-worker have other ideas. How about Tex-Mex?

Ch3montageChapter 3: For Whom
the Sleighbell Tolls
Mercy heads to upstate New York to check on the charm of a local inn. And is charmed right out of her socks!

Chapter 4: California Dream – A new trip helps her leave behind the cold weather, but it’s more than sunshine and the beach that enchants her.

Chapter 5: Really, Daddy?alligator
Completely out of her element in a Florida swamp, Mercy is glad her uncle joined her on this trip. Though, the owner of this company isn’t half-bad either.

Bride bunchChapter 6: Yummy! – A description of delicious food from the Madison, Alabama Burger Bistro as well as the surfer dude who is the son of the owner.

Chapter 7: Ain’t Nothin’ EasyNewOrleans1
Meeting Digger, a man with a passion for bringing cultures together in the Big Easy, was sweet, but his friend, “Gus,” was a downright hoot!

Chapter 8: Eat Your Heart Out, Uncle Thomas – Though originally sent to scope out a mortgage company, Mercy instead heard the dreams of a cute exec – about a fishing camp. What else.

Chapter 9: No Joy in Mudvillemuddy foot print
Mercy gets down and dirty, literally, during her trip to the northeast. But a handsome farmer inspires her.

File91Chapter 10: Shake It Up – She feels the earth move under her feet, but it’s not a good thing. Not at first, anyway.

black notebook with dogChapter 11 A Horse
of a Different Color
Mercy’s trip to the bluegrass state brings an interesting new man into her life.

Your Turn: I’m blessed that sweet hubby hasn’t had to travel very often with his jobs, though I’ve had the opportunity to travel with mine a few times. I sure hope to travel a little more to meet readers and do research, but only if sweet hubby can come with. What about you? Do you love travel or are you more of a home-body?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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